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“I think racists now have just gotten a lot more sophisticated,” says Benjamin Zephaniah.

“I think racists now have just gotten a lot more sophisticated,” says Benjamin Zephaniah.
Mon 19 August 2019

“When I say they’ve got more sophisticated now – racists – it’s that they’re wearing suits and ties. They’re in positions of power. When I see Nigel Farage... I look at the people behind him. Look at his security, those are the National Front guys I was fighting in the seventies and eighties.” The versatile poet, playwright and author Benjamin Zephaniah discussed his new autobiography The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah at an event chaired by presenter Gemma Cairney at the Edinburgh In…

Tales of love and war win the 2019 James Tait Black Prizes

Tales of love and war win the 2019 James Tait Black Prizes
Sun 18 August 2019

A biography of a distinguished war correspondent and a novel about personal relationships amid political turmoil have won the centenary awards of Britain’s oldest literary prizes…

“We’re fat, you can’t silence it,” says Sofie Hagen

“We’re fat, you can’t silence it,” says Sofie Hagen
Sun 18 August 2019

The stand-up comedian discussed her new book Happy Fat at the Book Festival last night…

“We expect the people who deal with the consequences of the oppression to dismantle the oppression,” says Gina Martin

“We expect the people who deal with the consequences of the oppression to dismantle the oppression,” says Gina Martin
Sat 17 August 2019

The feminist activist was talking about her new book Be The Change, an activism handbook inspired by her successful campaign to criminalise “upskirting”. “This book is what I would have wanted at the beginning of the campaign,” she said…

“If you’re an uber driver, you have more protection” than fashion models,  says Eunice Olumide

“If you’re an uber driver, you have more protection” than fashion models, says Eunice Olumide
Sat 17 August 2019

Supermodel and fashion sustainability spokeswoman Eunice Olumide appeared at the Book Festival to discuss her new book, the issues she’s faced with racism in the fashion industry and how we should all try to slow down ‘fast fashion’…

“We are governed by people who believe that the threat of having to live on the streets is a useful threat,” according to Danny Dorling

“We are governed by people who believe that the threat of having to live on the streets is a useful threat,” according to Danny Dorling
Sat 17 August 2019

Dorling spoke as part of a panel discussion on homelessness led by Val McDermid and with fellow writers Geetha Marcus and Joelle Taylor at the Book Festival on Thursday…

The “flexing of English nationalist muscles” will damage the UK says Diarmuid Ferriter

The “flexing of English nationalist muscles” will damage the UK says Diarmuid Ferriter
Sat 17 August 2019

Acclaimed historian Diarmuid Ferriter and long standing Northern Irish journalist Malachi O’Doherty discussed the backstop and the state of Anglo-Irish relations as the UK moves closer to Brexit at the Book Festival on Thursday…

Branko Milanovic: “The state, when it wants to use its power, tends to be stronger than any company”

Branko Milanovic: “The state, when it wants to use its power, tends to be stronger than any company”
Thu 15 August 2019

The economist was discussing his latest book, Capitalism, Alone, with former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown…

“You can conceal truth but you can’t conceal it forever,” says Serhii Plokhy

“You can conceal truth but you can’t conceal it forever,” says Serhii Plokhy
Thu 15 August 2019

The Baillie Gifford Prize-winning author of Chernobyl spoke about the nuclear disaster and the way information was controlled around it at the Book Festival last night…

Ruth Davidson: “The only way to avoid No Deal is to vote for a deal”

Ruth Davidson: “The only way to avoid No Deal is to vote for a deal”
Wed 14 August 2019

The Scottish Conservatives leader spoke about her new book Yes She Can with former Olympic athlete Katherine Grainger yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Mansplaining is “rife in Christianity”, says Richard Holloway

Mansplaining is “rife in Christianity”, says Richard Holloway
Wed 14 August 2019

“I’m not sure I do accept God, or how God has been traditionally defined or understood. That’s one prong of my dilemma.”…

Naomi Wolf : “It is incontrovertible that men who loved men were persecuted by the British state”

Naomi Wolf : “It is incontrovertible that men who loved men were persecuted by the British state”
Wed 14 August 2019

"What’s really important is that fifty five men were executed for sodomy offenses in Britain before 1835. That is uncontestedly true", said the writer while appearing at the Book Festival yesterday…

China Dream is an act of revenge, says Ma Jian

China Dream is an act of revenge, says Ma Jian
Wed 14 August 2019

“If you cannot live in freedom, love is impossible,” said exiled writer Ma Jian at the Edinburgh International Book Festival yesterday, while discussing his book China Dream with poet André Naffis-Sahely, assisted by his longtime translator Flora Drew…

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,” Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,” Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout
Tue 13 August 2019

“If I rebel, then we exist,” said Nayrouz Qarmout today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in conversation with singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, Ali Smith and Guest Selector Val McDermid. Speaking through a translator, the Palestinian writer discussed important notions of identity and displacement at an event exploring the meaning of home for migrants and refugees event…

Tim Winton: "In order for things to get better, things have to get broken”

Tim Winton: "In order for things to get better, things have to get broken”
Sun 11 August 2019

Discussing the environmental and existential challenges facing the world today, the acclaimed Australian author stressed that "we have an obligation to identify hope rather than assume it’s not available."…

The best revenge for oppression is to live life with freedom says Casey Gerald

The best revenge for oppression is to live life with freedom says Casey Gerald
Sun 11 August 2019

Casey Gerald sat down to discuss his new book with his close friend and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson at the Book Festival yesterday…

“Radicalisation is underpinned by raging inequality, anger and impotence” says Fatima Bhutto

“Radicalisation is underpinned by raging inequality, anger and impotence” says Fatima Bhutto
Sun 11 August 2019

“The underpinnings of radicalisation are not what we’ve been told over the past 20 years”, said Fatima Bhutto on the opening day of Edinburgh International Book Festival. She argued that religious beliefs are not, in fact, the driving force behind violent terrorism, but instead these are based in feelings of “raging inequality, anger, impotence and humiliation”…

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